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The president and CJOTUS dance all over our new Gadsden Flag . . .


Thanks to Michael Ramirez for this.

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The Truth About The Economy Is In The Numbers

going-down.jpgIf the president intends to run on his record, he has a lot of numbers that his campaign is going to try and hide from you (or blame Bush, I suppose).

The Economic Collapse itemized seventy numbers that don’t look good for the president or congress this fall. The list is published in its entirety on This is only a partial list of the many interesting, but disappointing, numbers affecting today’s economy.

This is the first dozen numerical factoids of the compiled list. You can read all of them by clicking on the link below.

Via YOLOhub:

$3.59 - When Barack Obama entered the White House, the average price of a gallon of gasoline was $1.85. Today, it is$3.59.

22 - It is hard to believe, but today the poverty rate for children living in the United States is a whopping 22 percent.

23 - According to U.S. Representative Betty Sutton, an average of 23 manufacturing facilities permanently shut down in the United States every single day during 2010.

30 - Back in 2007, about 10 percent of all unemployed Americans had been out of work for 52 weeks or longer. Today, that number is above 30 percent.

32 - The amount of money that the federal government gives directly to Americans has increased by 32 percent since Barack Obama entered the White House.

35 - U.S. housing prices are now down a total of 35 percent from the peak of the housing bubble.

40 - The official U.S. unemployment rate has been above 8 percent for 40 months in a row.

42 - According to one survey, 42 percent of all American workers are currently living paycheck to paycheck.

48 - Shockingly, at this point 48 percent of all Americans are either considered to be “low income” or are living in poverty.

49 - Today, an astounding 49.1 percent of all Americans live in a home where at least one person receives benefits from the government.

53 - Last year, an astounding 53 percent of all U.S. college graduates under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed.

60 - According to a recent Gallup poll, only 60 percent of all Americans say that they have enough money to live comfortably.

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Ramirez’ take on the “IT’S NOT A TAX” meme . . .


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Lord Deliver Us


. . . because SCOTUS will not. What has CJOTUS Roberts been smoking? A TAX !?!

Image: Bumper sticker seen at the bank today.

From The Liberty Counsel Website:

Supreme Court Upholds ObamaCare Individual Mandate as a Tax

Jun 28, 2012

Today, in a surprising 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld the “individual mandate” of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as “ObamaCare,” ruling that while the law exceeds Congress’s authority under the Commerce Clause, it is authorized under the Taxing and Spending Clause.

The largest and most unfair tax in United States history.

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Courtyard Bird Feeder

feedbag.jpgWe brought one of the garden crook stands back from the California house last week. Bob installed it just outside of the courtyard in front of the house where we can see it from the great room.

The other feeders are on the hill behind the house on the far side of the RV drive. You have to be on the patio or look out the kitchen window to see those. With the warmer summer temperatures, we decided that we could do some bird watching from inside where it’s a lot cooler.

Image: Nijer seed feeder on the crook. Click to enlarge.

I had not known about Nijer seed feeders until my last dentist appointment. His office had one of these feeders outside the exam room window and it was covered with little goldfinches chowing down.

I looked up Nijer seed on the internet today. The seeds are grown in Asia and Africa and have to be imported. Because of “parasite seeds” from destructive weeds and such can accompany the Nijer seeds, the product must be heat and pressure treated before importation. I guess that’s why Nijer seed is a bit more expensive compared to other bird seed.

We have seen several goldfinches helping themselves in the morning and afternoon. We don’t see any at midday because of the warm temperatures. It was 108° here today (again).

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Nest Duty


I took this photo of one of the curve-billed thrasher parents sitting in the nest today. Damsel peeked in the nest earlier and saw that the three eggs still had not hatched. The cholla where the bird is sitting is about 20 feet in front of the courtyard where I captured the image. Click to enlarge.

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Medicare Premium Rate Going Up - A Lot

caduceus.gifI received the following information from a longtime friend and former colleague. His source was an administrator in the Blue Cross Health System. I did some double checking and made corrections based on previous and current medicare premiums.

Although this information is to the best of my knowledge, it may not be completely accurate. However, it reflects an over 250 percent increase from the 2010 to 2014 rate. The jump in the 2013 to 2014 rate alone is over 205 percent:


For those of you who are on Medicare, read the following. It’s short, but important and you probably haven’t heard about it in the Mainstream News:

The per person Medicare Insurance Premium will increase from the 2010 Monthly Fee of $96.40, rising to:

$99.90 in 2012

$120.20 in 2013


$247.00 in 2014.

These are provisions incorporated in the Obamacare Legislation, purposely delayed so as not to confuse the 2012 Re-Election Campaigns. Seniors should know who’s throwing them under the bus.

It figures that the administration would stick it to seniors, a weak demographic for them. If you are like me, having paid into this Ponzi scheme, just like social security, over all the years, you will be outraged.

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